Telangana police on Wednesday arrested a woman Maoist leader from a village located some distance away from the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border after they received intelligence inputs on her movements. Nagaram Rupa alias Sujata, who is the Manuguru-Palvancha area committee secretary of the CPI(Maoist) Party, was arrested during a vehicle check near R Kothagudem village.
30-year-old Rupa has been named as an accused in several incidents of violence and unlawful activities including dacoity, burning of vehicles and murders, according to the police.
According to the Kothagudem Police, Sujata has revealed to them that the CPI (Maoist) Party had planned on creating some noise ahead of the Assembly elections in Telangana.
According to the police, Rupa joined the then Peopleâ€™s War Group at the age of 12 and worked with the organisation at different levels. The police stated that in the beginning, Rupa was a member of the armed group in Manthany area of Karimnagar district from 2000-2004 and then became the Group Commander of the groupâ€™s outfit in Mahadevapura. She then worked as the area secretary of the Indravelli (Adilabad) until 2016 and has been heading Manuguru-Palvancha area committee since 2017. Police state that Rupa has also worked as the District Committee member of the CPI (Maoist) in Adilabad-Shabari area. According to reliable sources, Rupa is said to be suffering from some 'health issues.'
In a communication to TNM, Kothagudem SP Sunil Dutt said, "The arrest of this Maoist leader has revealed the Maoist action teamâ€™s plans and movements and has helped in identification of the action team members. She has also revealed information about the crimes they had planned to commit in this area."
The police are now setting up a tight vigil to prevent untoward incidents in the area, which is witnessing campaigning by all political parties as Telangana heads for elections. The police have released posters with photos of six Maoist action team members, asking people to share any information they have about them. Last week, the police had arrested two ''militia members of the Maoist party''.
"The police has been chasing these action team members and have missed them twice. Their sympathisers were caught. Police will keep following them and arrest them,â€ť SP Dutt said.
Meanwhile, reports suggest that in the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh, the interiors of Visakhapatnam witnessed landmine blasts triggered allegedly by Maoists aiming to target the police forces involved in combing operations near the Andhra-Odisha border.
The district has been witnessing anti-Naxal operations by police forces since the killings of TDP MLA Kidari Someshwar Rao and TDP leader Siveri Soma. Visakhapatnam SP Rahul Dev Sharma was unavailable for a comment on the development.